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July 22, 2013

By Christine Anderson

Rules Committee Threatens to Nix Debate on Defense Spending



Lockbox As the House Rules Committee considers amendments on the Defense Appropriations Act, our allies urge House leadership to allow all amendments to go to the Floor.

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Topics: National Security

July 12, 2013

By Aimee Thomson

Secret Court Resists Releasing Surveillance Opinions



Scales of Justice Transparency advocates have long called for the declassification of secret court opinions that have allowed broad domestic surveillance. A recent letter from the court responsible for approving surveillance requests casts doubt on the release of these opin

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Topics: Government Accountability, National Security, Open Government

June 6, 2013

By Christine Anderson

One Step Closer to a More Just and Effective Military



National Security Representatives Speier and Coffman succeeded in attaching an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that will protect whistleblowers and victims of sexual assault in the military.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

June 5, 2013

By Christine Anderson

House Votes Today on Whistleblowers in the Military



Women in the Military As the House Armed Services Committee marks up the National Defense Authorization Act, POGO and others urge Members to support the Speier-Coffman Amendment for military whistleblower protection enhancements.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections

May 3, 2013

By Angela Canterbury

Illegal Foreclosures Are Corporate Trade Secrets?



Photograph of a Foreclosure Sign in front of a house Federal agencies are withholding information about the illegal foreclosure practices of mortgage companies from Members of Congress, relying on justifications that closely track those used to withhold documents from the general public under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Topics: Open Government

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